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Helping Children With Anxiety: What to Say to Children When They Are Anxious

Anxiety has a way of making everyone feel helpless, but here are some ways to to strengthen children against it, and build on their emotional intelligence.

adult role in child-led play. Suddenly I feel better about all the times I did not removed my daughter from a situation only b/c I was curious as to how she executed the task & wanted to see / film it. I really do enjoy observing the process. On a more serious note, the article got me thinking about how I learn (visually & by doing) and how unrealistic it would be / is to expect a child to do otherwise - something for me to keep in mind.

How Apples Grow: Books about plant pollination are also great ways to help children realize that many living things require a male part and a female part to continue the life cycle and create the next generation. While reading this, my son (he's had "The Talk") immediately connected the dots. I explained to the kids that when the fertilized flower grows fruit it swells, similar to a pregnant lady's belly once her egg gets fertilized. When they learn about sex, it won't be a foreign concept.

Matter of fact description of the entire process of conception with frank, clinical details about intercourse. It contains absolutely fascinating pictures in utero and is a great way to introduce the mechanics of sex to a child when ready to have the conversation.

I watched this PBS video as a child and was AMAZED! Especially when the sperm and egg join and the egg splits and starts forming a baby. I have also shown my kids videos on youtube of different baby animals being born (elephant, beluga, and orangutan) at their request after their baby cousin was born and they wanted to see a baby be born. They have also watched a cat give birth live. I watched my dog give birth as a kid and found it very educational.

from Understood.org

The Importance of Self-Awareness for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Kids who have self-awareness do a better job self-monitoring. That means your child is able keep track of what he’s doing (either in learning or socially) and figure out what’s working and what’s not working. Self-awareness also leads to self-reflection—thinking over things that happened in order to find ways to make things work better next time.

I thought this book was a wonderful way to introduce reproduction in a very basic way to young children (skip the page about whales and mammals until you're ready for them to possibly make the connection with humans). I read it to my children after we saw my mother-in-law's dogs mate repeatedly. Without mentioning human reproduction, it is an excellent way to pave the way for later sex conversations as it introduces the concept of male seed and female egg coming together to create new life.